Technology and Design are meant, in part at least, to make life easier. There are, however, some things that perhaps we don’t want to have made easier. You buy a dog so that you can walk it and hence get more frequent exercise, meet other dog owners and enjoy watching your dog discover the world around it. A self-walking dog would make your life easier at times BUT it would undo the original charm of actually having a dog. The same can be said of this fire.
Log fires are wonderful because, like a fine cake, they require love and attention. The satisfaction that one gets from sitting by a self-made log fire comes from the fact that it was a battle to carry the wood from the basement to the fireplace, because the firelighters that you bought refuse to light … I like the Design below but I fear that it makes natural fires too easy and that, perhaps, some things in life a gratifying because they are an effort …